Data Security Assessment

Identify, understand and remediate vulnerabilities

The Data Security Assessment is the first stage of NHS Digital’s Cyber Security Support Model (CSSM) and is designed to identify vulnerabilities and understand and remediate areas of high risk.

The Data Security Assessment includes a Cyber Essentials Plus assessment along with an IT Healthcheck tailored to the needs of an NHS organisation.

The Data Security Assessment provides evidence for 15 requirements of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit.

The Data Security Assessment is offered annually to eligible NHS Organisations and can be fully funded by NHS Digital.

What we do

Dionach will work with you to understand your environment.

Using years of healthcare experience, we help you identify vulnerabilities and put in place robust remediation plans.

What's included

Each engagement covers the following main areas:

1. Access Control Management

Ensuring all staff can access systems and access is controlled to only the data needed for their job role.

2. Malware Protection

Verifying the effectiveness of protection mechanisms and the detection of malicious files entering the network via web and email traffic.

3. Log Management

Checking that information is being stored securely to support the investigation of a cyber incident.

4. Patch Management

Looking at the capability to deploy updates to the hardware and software used across the organisation.

5. Threat and Vulnerability Management

Supporting the ability to identify cyber vulnerabilities and understanding the threat exposure.



Dionach is one of just 4 specialist suppliers on NHS Digital’s Security Services Framework, providing cyber security to NHS organisations across England.


Our consultants are experts in healthcare environments and can provide meaningful and actionable recommendations.


We are passionate about improving cyber security in healthcare and will work with you to ensure good patient outcomes.

Find out how we can help with your cyber challenge